Friday, August 24, 2012

Charity or Subsidy?

I love the Nuns on the Bus.

Most people on food stamps work full time. They work full time but they don’t have enough money to pay for food for their kids. So really, in some ways, food stamps are about a business subsidy because it allows low wage business workers to… feed their families and continue working. But we call it charity, or the Republicans call it charity.
They want to cut food stamps so badly that every church, synagogue, mosque, house of worship in the United States—every single one—[would] have to raise an additional $50,000 every year for ten years to replace what he wants to cut. It’s not gonna happen. It’s not gonna work.

—Sister Simone Campbell
Sounds kind of like the Walmart subsidies we used to talk about... like when they advised employees to apply for food stamps and Medicaid.

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